Apple has been improving the security on its iPhones in recent years. In 2017, Apple first introduced Face ID alongside the iPhone X, which was met with mostly positive reviews out there. Face ID allows iPhone owners to unlock their device with a simple glance. In reality, there are times when Face ID becomes a cause of annoyance as it fails to work, which is why you need to switch to the passcode.
However, imagine if you forget your iPhone’s passcode. In this is the case, you are locked out of your iPhone and your iPhone turns into a useless brick. In reality, after a series of failed attempts to enter your passcode, your iPhone is disabled and prompts you to try again a few minutes later. But, you still cannot remember your passcode, and your phone remains inactive.
In reality, you can restore your iPhone back to the state where it was not locked. However, the process is a little bit confused. With that in mind, we have you covered. In the section below, we are going to show you how to restore your iPhone without losing your data. Note that the method only works if you have already backed up your iPhone to PC or Mac.
1. How to back up your iPhone to a Mac or Windows PC
Step one: First off, connect your iPhone to a PC or a Mac using a Lighting cable and then open iTunes on your computer (make sure you now have the latest update of iTunes on your computer)
Step two: Select your device when it shows up at the top left menu of iTunes (if your iPhone or iPad does not appear in iTunes, then disconnect and start over)
Step three: iTunes will automatically sync your device, and wait until the backup is finished (it may take several minutes depending on how much data you backing up). Once done, you should see the latest backup from the main menu.
2. How to restore your iPhone using iTunes to remove passcode
Once you have made a backup of your iPhone, then you are now free to restore your iPhone in case something goes wrong. Following this method, all of your data will be erased, so it may take a while. When the restore process is complete, you can set it up as new.
Step one: Connect your iPhone to a Mac or PC and then open iTunes
Step two: Select your device in iTunes and then click Restore
Step three: Confirm your action and iTunes will download the latest operating system and install it on your device (make sure you keep your device connected to a Wi-Fi network). Once done, go through the setup process, then click Restore from iTunes backup and select the backup you made earlier.
Once you restore your iPhone, you need to make sure you add all of the security barriers you had before. There are VPNs for mobile phones, which have been reviewed by VPN Geeks, and come highly recommended. You can also use two-factor authentication for an extra layer of security.
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